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Impacts of the Sequester on 2013 PILT Payments

Posted Date: 
March 5, 2013
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the attached letter detailing the impacts of sequestration on PILT payments for 2013. The letter states the following:

Based on the President's report to Congress, there will be a 5.1 percent reduction in the PILT program, reducing 2013 payments to counties by this amount. In 2012, the total payments to over 1,850 counties were $393 million. I cannot tell you at this time the amount of your county's payments because the formula, which is set by law, considers acreage, population, prior year revenue payments, and incorporates an inflationary adjustment. We will be calculating the amounts in preparation for the June payment. However, we do know that as a result of the sequester the amount we would have paid you based on the formula will be reduced by 5.1 percent, a total of $21 million for the entire program. This is about 2.3 percent or $9 million below the 2012 program level.

Please share the this letter (linked below) with county officials and anyone who may have an interest in the PILT program.

Click Here to Read the Full Letter

Ryan R. Yates | (202) 942-4207 |